clock now keeping time on campus
When clock restorer Rob Butts visited Southeastern last summer to look
at the feasibility of restoring a near century-old clock, his first thought
was, “It’s going to take a lot of work.”
Five months of cleanup and major fabrication
work later, the clock that once adorned the Citizens National Bank on the
corner of West Thomas and North Oak streets in downtown Hammond, now keeps
time for students as they cross the campus. Under the watchful eye of Butts,
crews affixed the shiny copper timepiece to a corner of McClimans Hall,
one of Southeastern’s oldest buildings located on Friendship Circle. Mike
Lama, who works at Whitney National Bank and helps maintain the bank’s
signature clocks, supervised the general operation, as a work crew from
ERS Building Maintenance of Baton Rouge handled the installation.
Similar in design to the Whitney National
Bank clocks, the timepiece, once a landmark on Hammond’s main street, was
manufactured by O.B. McClintock of Minneapolis.
The clock – estimated to have been built
between 1915 and 1920 – was donated to Southeastern by AmSouth Bank, the
successor to Citizens National. The late Judge Leon Ford III of Hammond,
whose wife had served on the board of Citizens National, convinced AmSouth
to donate the clock to his alma mater.
“The clock carried a lot of memories
for Judge Ford and a lot of other people in the region,” said President
Randy Moffett. “He was determined to see that it was preserved and sincerely
felt that it could serve as another symbol of Southeastern that our students
would remember long after they left the university.”
“Judge Ford truly believed that this
clock was an important part of the history of Hammond and should be displayed
prominently,” said Joe Miller, vice president for university advancement.
“His preference was to have the clock in close proximity to McClimans Hall,
which at one time housed the Southeastern Lab School which he attended.”
Miller said that prior to Ford’s death
last year, the Ford Family Foundation donated funds to the university to
have the clock fully restored.
“The clock was in really bad shape,”
said Butts, who restores old clocks with his wife Shelley in the town of
Vasser in southeast Michigan. “It had been stored in warehouses for several
years, the mechanisms didn’t work, the copper sheeting was dented and misshapen
beyond repair. It required a lot of new fabrication.”
The clock’s copper finish gleams right
now, but Butts said that will change in a year or so as weathering sets
in and the piece develops the warm green patina characteristic of the metal.
The clock now has all new movements and a master control. In addition,
new green stained glass panels featuring Southeastern’s logo were fitted
into the lower panels of the structure.
|Take a Look at the SACS web site
In preparations for the SACS (Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools) accreditation site visit during the week of March
14, faculty and staff should take a few minutes to review and become familiar
with the accreditation documents available on the University’s SACS web
site www.selu.edu/sacs. These documents
were used extensively by the Off-Site Review Team when they met in Atlanta
in November and will also be used by the Site Visit Team.
The web site has three sections. The Reference
Room section makes it easy to find basic information on the university’s
programs and policies. It is primarily intended to be a “quick look-up”
for the SACS reviewers.
The Compliance Certification section contains
the Compliance Certification Report which addresses how the university
meets the requirements for accreditation. Navigation in the report is easy
– there is a main index page that lists all 73 standards each of which
is a clickable link. Each core requirement, comprehensive standard, and
federal mandate has its own web page. The rationale for how Southeastern
meets the standard is explained in a narrative. Links to documents, policies
and other supporting evidence take the reader directly to an electronic
copy of the document or a web page which supplies the evidence.
The QEP Team’s section of the website is the
most extensive – it features all of the working documents of that committee
for the last 18 months in the Team Workroom. “Needing to document the team’s
research and discussion is a critical part of meeting SACS requirements,
“ said Dr. Tena Golding, chair of the QEP Team. “We wanted to demonstrate
that our deliberations were based on thorough research and data – both
at the national level in terms of best practices and at the local level
based on campus surveys. You can easily see the evolution in thought and
discussion through the working documents. And you can see the breadth of
campus participation.” The section also features a chronology of
the events that led to the final development of the QEP on advising.
“We’ve gotten a lot of very positive feedback
on our SACS web site,” said Dr. Beatrice Baldwin, assistant vice president
for Academic Affairs and the university’s SACS liaison. “Many of our sister
institutions in Louisiana are using it as a model, and we’ve even had communication
from places like the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center that
want to use some of our ideas on their own sites.”
Baldwin credits Cheryl Breaux, special projects
coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs with the development of the
web site. Dr. Mike Kurtz, dean of the Graduate School and member of the
Compliance Certification Team said, “Cheryl’s work is the primary reason
we have such a well-organized and well-functioning web site. None of our
reviewers in November had any problems with finding information they needed.
Cheryl also re-organized and posted all of the Faculty and Staff Handbooks
as part of the preparation for SACS. We were fortunate to have her be a
part of this project.”
Rural Economic Development Conference scheduled Feb. 1-3
Louisiana's second annual Rural Economic Development Conference will
be held at Southeastern Feb. 1-3.
Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Rural
Development and the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, the conference
will focus on “Technology: the Back Road to Rural Louisiana.” Gov. Kathleen
Babineaux Blanco and state Economic Development Secretary Mike Olivier
are expected to address the conference, which is scheduled to attract approximately
600 participants. Last year’s initial conference was held at Northwestern
Louisiana University in Natchitoches.
Because of the conference, certain areas on
Southeastern’s north campus that are currently reserved for student parking
will be designated for individuals attending the event.
University Police Director Paul Marek said
the lot located behind the Alumni Center, Section 7 of the University Center
lot, and the new lot located north of the University Avenue underpass will
not be available for students Feb. 1-2.
On Feb. 3, the conference ends at noon, freeing
the new lot and Section 7. The lot near the Alumni Center will remain closed
for parade assembly for the Krewe of Omega, which rolls that evening.
Marek recommended that students park in the
nearby lot north of Textbook Rental and consider carpooling during the
event. Students who live in university residences will be expected to keep
their vehicles in their assigned lots. In addition, Marek said officers
will be on site to direct students to available sites on campus.
|CAB hands out hot chocolate and cookies -- cold
morning treats! -- as part of "Welcome Week."
||Another Welcome Week feature was the 11 passenger
golf cart that ferried students from North Campus to the union.
|Welcome Week celebrates new semester
Southeastern is planning a week’s worth of activities for students
– Jan 24-28 – to celebrate a new year and semester.
“Welcome Week,” said Jason Leader, coordinator
of the Campus Activities Board, “is an opportunity for the entire campus
to welcome our students, including new freshmen, and to inform them about
all the great things happening on campus and in Southeastern’s surrounding
communities.” The week’s events are sponsored by various organizations
and offices in the Division of Student and Public Affairs.
“Welcome Week” opens on Monday, Jan.
24, when CAB will host refreshment tents at the War Memorial Student Union
and on North Campus. CAB will hand out hot chocolate, cookies, photo key
chains, and flyers promoting the week’s activities.
Leader, who is heading Welcome Week
along with Kay Harrison, director of Student Organizations and Greek Life,
said Welcome Week highlights on Tuesday, Jan. 25, will include a student
job fair sponsored by Career Services. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
in the student union ballroom, the job fair will feature more than 30 area
employers who will be on hand to recruit students for part-time or summer
Wednesday, Jan. 26, is “Community Day,”
sponsored by the War Memorial Student Union. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the union more than two dozen businesses will staff booths informing students
of important community services.
“Freshman Frenzy” is scheduled for 3:30-6
p.m. at the University Center on Thursday, Jan. 27. The event for
Southeastern’s first-time freshmen and transfer students, includes a large
organizational fair and “Life Unlimited,” a highly praised, high energy,
audience-involvement presentation by Troy Stende, named Speaker of the
Year in 2002 by the Association for Promoting Student Activities.
Also on Thursday, students can join other fans of Southeastern basketball
at “Jam the Jungle” at the University Center arena. Both the women’s and
men’s teams will play Southland Conference rival Texas State at 5:30 p.m.
and 7:45 p.m., respectively.
In addition to enjoying free pizza and
a variety of contests, the first 500 students to arrive at the University
Center arena will receive free t-shirts to compliment Jamming the Jungle’s
“70s Night” disco theme. Jamming the Jungle activities are sponsored by
CAB and the Student Government Association.
For additional information about Welcome Week, contact Leader, 985-549-3805,
or Harrison, 985-549-2120.
|Honoring Dr. Martin Luther
Southeastern students celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights
leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight processional and program
last Wednesday. The theme for the event, sponsored annually by the Kappa
Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, was "Capturing The Dream: Unity
Through Diversity." Students processed from Lee Hall to the union at 7
p.m., then participated in a remembrance program featuring remarks by Joseph
K. Byrd, vice president of student life at Xavier University in New Orleans,
and a performance by Christina Hanible of Hammond, winner of the Southeastern
Star 2 competition.
celebrates February as Black History Month
A comedy hour featuring comedian Rickey Smiley, an outdoor big screen
showing of the hit movie “Ray,” and a series of lectures on African-American
history and culture are highlights of Southeastern’s celebration of February
as Black History Month
The month’s activities will be outlined at
the Black History Month Kick-off at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Student Union
Theatre, said Eric Summers, director of Multicultural and International
Look for additional information in next week's
ByLion. Meanwhile, the Black History Month schedule is available at www.selu.edu/StudentAffairs/MISA/bhm2005.html.
United Way raises $33,941
Tena Golding, chair of the campus United Way campaign, reports that
once again Southeastern has done a wonderful job of showing its generosity.
"Our total pledge amount for this year is
$33, 941," she said. "The following departments had 100 percent participation
and will be recognized at next year's kick-off luncheon. Once again, on
behalf of United Way, thanks for your participation."
Assistant Dean, Student Development; Assistant
Vice President for Academic Affairs; Assistant Vice President for Development;
CAP Center; Career Development Services; Center for Faculty Excellence;
College Arts & Sciences; College of Education and Human Development;
Center for Educational Research & Service; Dean, Basic Studies; Dean,
Graduate School; Department of Transitional Studies; Southeastern Development
Foundation; Economic/Business Development; EEO/ADA Office; Food Service;
Foreign Languages; General Studies Advising; Honors Program; Internal Auditor;
Junior Division; KSLU Radio; Laboratory School; Management; Office of Performance
Assessment; Psychology; Records & Registration; Sponsored Research
& Grants; Student Government; Student Housing; Student Support Services;
Testing; Vice President for University Advancement; Veterans Upward Bound;
Vice President for Student and Public Affairs.
Violence in the
Workplace policy training
Two training sessions on the university's Violence in the Workplace
Plan are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27 in the University Center, room
Sessions are scheduled from 9-10:30 a.m. and
1:30-3 p.m. The sessions are open to all university faculty and staff.
Preregistration is requested by contacting
Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu
or extension 5771.
annual Loyola Student Leadership Conference
Once again, Southeastern is a host school for the annual Loyola Student
Leadership Conference held at Loyola University in New Orleans. The one-day
conference is set for Saturday, Feb. 19. The $15 per person cost
includes transportation to and from New Orleans, continental breakfast,
lunch and all materials.
The conference draws an average of 400 students
from Texas to Florida. It offers an exciting motivational speaker and numerous
presentations on every facet of leadership.
Interested students can register for the conference
in the office of Leadership Development/Student Activities in the Student
Union Room 110. The dead line to register is Wednesday, Feb. 9.
at the Columbia Theatre's Deco Ball
Couples dance on the stage of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
arts to the music of the Dominoes at the first annual "Deco Ball." With
the theme "Up in Lights" the gala was staged Saturday night to raise funds
for a marquee for the facade of the university's historic downtown theater.
A computerized, lighted marquee, which would be visible from East Thomas
and South Cherry Streets, is estimated to cost $75,000.
Saint Louis Brass Quintet will be the guest of Encore! on Feb. 9
2005 features Bill Evans Festival, guest brass quintet
A guest appearance by the Saint Louis Brass Quintet and the annual
Bill Evans Jazz Festival highlight the 2005 edition of “Encore!,” the Department
of Music and Dramatic Arts’ spring concert series.
The series also encompasses dozens of concerts,
recitals, operas, plays and dance programs from February through May.
With its roots going back to the 1970s, the
Saint Louis Brass Quintet has presented workshops, master classes, and
children’s programs throughout the United States and abroad. In their highly
successful concerts, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet performs the great music
for brass from the works of the baroque to today’s composers, including
music of Mexico, Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Stephen
The group, whose recordings are known worldwide,
plans two events for “Encore!” on Feb. 9 -- a master class at 4 p.m. and
a concert at 7:30 p.m. -- both in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The fourth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival,
scheduled Feb. 21-24, honors the late jazz pianist, one of Southeastern’s
most renowned alumni. Evans was one of a group of young aspiring musicians
from New Jersey recruited to Southeastern by music department founder Ralph
Pottle after World War II. Evans recorded more than 70 albums, won seven
Grammy Awards and earned an international following. Throughout his life,
Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern
the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30
years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980.
One of the festival’s highlights will be a
Feb. 24 performance, high school band workshop and master class by the
Ted Rosenthal Trio. Rosenthal achieved international recognition by winning
first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition
and has since performed with many of the jazz greats of our time. A faculty
member of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School University,
he is active around the country in jazz education.
The festival also will include performances
by the Southeastern One O’Clock Big Band directed by Richard Schwartz,
featuring clarinetist Andrew Seigel (Feb. 21); a guest lecture by Evans
expert Win Hinkle and a performance by Southeastern Jazz Combos (Feb. 22);
and a concert by Southeastern and University of Southern Mississippi faculty
Admission is free to many events. For an “Encore!”
brochure or additional information, contact the Department of Music and
Dramatic Arts at (985) 549-2184.
announced for spring opera, Dido and Aeneas
The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop has announced the cast for its spring
production, Dido and Aeneas, scheduled March 16-19 at the Pottle
Music Building Auditorium.
Henry Purcell’s classic Baroque opera will
star Amanda Tarver of Prairieville as Dido and Mathew Packard of Chalmette
and Simon Pfeil of Hammond as Aeneas, said workshop Director Charles Effler.
and Aeneas will be directed by Southeastern artist-in-residence Larry
Composed in 1689 and with a running time of
just over an hour, Dido and Aeneas is the
only opera by Purcell, one of England’s greatest composers. “This magnificent
miniature was reintroduced to the opera-going public in the mid-1800s and
has been performed around the world ever since,” Effler said.
Dido and Aeneas features one
of the most memorable laments in all of opera, “When I am laid in earth.”
The libretto, based loosely on Virgil’s epic poem, “Aeneid,” tells the
story of Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a prince of Troy
until that city’s defeat by the Greeks.
The cast also features Jessica Davis
and Wendy Kinchen of Ponchatoula as Belinda; Kristin Glass of Walker and
Sarah Osterberger of Baton Rouge as the Second Woman; Kay Schepker of Hammond
as the Sorceress; Cassie Arnold of Ponchatoula and Maria Burkett of Chalmette
as the First Witch; Christina Babin of Prairieville and Betty Turner of
Hammond as the Second Witch; and Brian Martinez Jr. of Montz and Brandon
Wear of Slidell as the Sailor.
Effler will conduct the opera and serve
as vocal coach. Joining him on the production staff are set designer Steve
Schepker, costume designer Richard Walsh, lighting designer Ellen Sovkoplas,
and choreographer Dana Brewer-Plazinic.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Available
at the door, general admission tickets are $10, adults, and $7, senior
citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni, and non-Southeastern
students. Southeastern students will be admitted free with their university
For additional information, contact
Effler at 985-549-2249 or email@example.com.
and Aeneas is part of the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic
Arts annual spring performing arts series, “Encore!”
Business Center programs
The Southeast Louisiana Business Center will offer “Credit Management
for Businesses” from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at the center, 1514 Martens
Drive. The workshop is designed to help you understand how to manage your
credit more effectively and repair problems that could undermine your credit
rating. The cost is $20, $10 for chamber of commerce members.
For more information or to register for any
of these events, please contact Sandy Summers at 985-549-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams host Texas State
in a key Southland Conference doubleheader Thursday night in the University
Center to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
In conjunction with Thursday's contests, the
70's Night/Jam the Jungle promotion will be held. All students in attendance
will receive free pizza, drinks and a t-shirt. In addition, the Southeastern
student organization which brings the most people will receive $100 from
the CLAWS Committee. There will be also be four opportunities for fans
to win a $5,000 grand prize in the Shoot for Loot Contest. Also, fans are
encouraged to wear 70's attire to celebrate 70's night in the University
The Lady Lions (8-8, 2-3 SLC) will open Thursday's
action at 5:30 p.m. versus the first-place Lady Bobcats. The Southeastern
women will do their part to celebrate 70's Night, by wearing special throw-back
uniforms. It will also be Jenny Brown and Nakeya Downing Trading Card Night,
as fans will receive trading cards featuring Brown and Downing. Both players
will be available to sign autographs after the game.
The Lions (12-6, 4-1 SLC) will enter Thursday's
7:45 p.m. contest with the Bobcats in a tie with Northwestern State for
the Southland Conference lead. The Lions are coming off a 66-60 road win
over Lamar in their last outing. Both the men's and women's games on Thursday
will be aired on the Southeastern Channel on a tape-delayed basis.
The Lions and Lady Lions will both be on the
road on Saturday for a doubleheader at Texas-San Antonio. The women's game
is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the men's game set for 4 p.m. All of this
week's Southeastern basketball games will be broadcast live on KSLU 90.9
FM and on the internet at www.LionSports.net.
The men's tennis team (0-1) will be back in
action on Saturday, when they head to LSU for a 12 p.m. match with the
Tigers. The Lady Lions tennis team will open its spring season at LSU on
Saturday at 9 a.m.
The men's and women's track and field team
will also be in Baton Rouge this week. The Lions and Lady Lions are scheduled
to participate in the LSU Invitational on Friday.
Thursday, January 27
Women's Basketball, vs. Texas State, University
Center, 5:30 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM and The Southeastern Channel)
Men's Basketball, vs. Texas State, University
Center, 7:45 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM and The Southeastern Channel)
- 70's Night/Jam The Jungle
- $5,000 Shoot for Loot Contest
- Free Pizza, drinks and t-shirt for students
- Student organization with the highest representation
will receive $100 from CLAWS
Friday, January 28
Track and Field, at LSU Invitational, Baton
Rouge, All Day
Saturday, January 29
Men's Basketball, at Texas-San Antonio, San
Antonio, Texas, 4 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Basketball, at Texas-San Antonio,
San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Tennis, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 9 a.m.
Men's Tennis, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 12 p.m.
A paper by Drs. Alan Cannon and Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics),
"Zero-Divisor Graphs of Nearrings and Semigroups," has been accepted for
publication in the Proceedings of the 18th International Conference
on Nearrings and Nearfields. The paper was co-authored with former Southeastern
faculty member Dr. Shane Redmond who is now at Eastern Kentucky University.
Dr. Lillian Stiegler (Communication
Sciences and Disorders) collaborated with colleagues Marlene DesRoches
Paula Currie to present a paper entitled "Targeting Employability:
Rethinking Intervention Planning for 'High Functioning' Autistic Individuals"
at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,
on Nov. 18 in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Stiegler also presented a poster session
entitled "Magic Fingers: Using Interactive Whiteboard Technology
to Enhance Phonological Awareness" in collaboration with S. Genia Britt,
Poet Alison Pelegrin (English) has
poems in current issues of Shenandoah and Poetry. Poetry is featuring
her work on its web site (www.poetrymagazine.org),
and the anthology Poetry to Heal Your Blues edited by Marilyn Hacker
is soon to be released. The anthology reprints Pelegrin's villanelle "The
A book by Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology
and Criminal Justice), Sexual Behavior of Adolescents in Contemporary
Sub-Saharan Africa, has been published by the Edwin Mellen Press.
Five faculty members in the College
of Education and Human Development presented at the International Conference
on Education in Hawaii co-sponsored by the East/West Council for Education,
Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Peking University, and the University
of Louisville Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods. The faculty members
and their presentations were: Dr. Gwendolyn Autin, “Freshman Year
Experience at Southeastern Louisiana University”; Dr. Susan Brown-Sandberg,
“Beyond Lesson Snapshots: Using Electronic Case Studies to Provide Teacher
Candidates a Longitudinal View of Student Development and Insights into
the Effects of Cultural Heritage”; Dr. Elizabeth Evans, “Student
Teachers' Reflections: Impact on Teacher Education”; Dr. Cathie Koss,
“Project COURSE: Certification Outreach to Uncertified Rural Special Educators”;
and Ms. Flo Winstead, “Ownership of the School Improvement Process
to Improve Teaching and Learning.” Dr. Evans also served as a session leader.
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